Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh has filed court papers seeking
to end his obligation to pay $2,134 per month in child support. The Tea Party Republican, who recently announced plans to form a new
conservative superPAC and was recently in talks for a radio show
Walsh is not
currently employed and wants to "modify" the previous child support
agreement so that he pays 20 percent of his current salary. The former
congressman is behind on payments that were determined under a previous
court order for child support.
“This is the first
communication we’ve received from the congressman; she had no
information prior to receiving this filing in the mail that he was going
to seek,” said Jack Coladarci, an attorney for Walsh’s ex-wife, to the
. “He did not pay January and he has not paid February support ... You still have to keep paying until the judge says you can stop.”
court filing states: “Joe’s employment has been terminated through no
voluntary act of his own and he is without sufficient income or assets
with which to continue to pay his support obligation. Due to a
substantial change in circumstances, Joe requests that his child support
obligation be terminated based on his present income and
A lawyer for Walsh said the word
"terminate" was misleading and "modify" would have been more accurate.
The end of the filing asks that the court “modify Joe’s child support
obligation to a sum equal to 20 percent of his net income until the
minor child graduates from high school in 2013.”
Walsh said the filing was routine and said he intends to continue paying child support payments. The ousted congressman insisted he wasn't a "deadbeat dad" throughout his failed re-election campaign last year.